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Old 09-24-2009, 07:14 PM   #21
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Santa Fe, about 18 hours for us. I've wanted to visit there also, plus want to see Palo Dura & Big Bend in Texas. Might be able to see all 3 on one trip.
The weather sounds right in my "comfort zone". Any nice campgrounds around there?
One thing we need is a nearby airport since Cindy will probably fly out to meet me.
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:19 PM   #22
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Forest, there are a number of parks, but this one seems to be the nicest with easy access to downtown:

http://www.trailerranch.com/

Here are some reviews of the park from www.rvparkreviews.com (you'll have to scroll down to the bottom of the page...it's the last one reviewed):

http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions.../Santa_Fe.html
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:16 PM   #23
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Hey Forest:

We have traveled down to Santa Fe twice with the Coach and have stayed in the Santa Fe Skies RV Park. Family owned, impeccable club house and facilities and about 15 minutes into old town. It is easy to get to right off the interstate. I would request the Z row. There are only two spots with nice concrete patios, the Coach will sit on gravel. You will have unobstructed views of the mountains surrounding Santa Fe. We traveled by toad to Los Animos(sp) and it is fascinating history up there. Atom Bomb. Second biggest caldron in the world is just 6 miles from Los Animos. Also, Santa Fe has a world class opera. We are not big fans, but those who are, it is a must. Anyways, the other couple of parks that we found were insufficient for us with the Newell. We do wish it was a little closer to town, but we enjoyed anyway.

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Old 09-24-2009, 11:38 PM   #24
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BTW, just read the other posts on this thread. Clarke seems to have found a nice park much closer to town. We would have to see if our larger coaches can get into it. Santa Fe is marvelous. It is the highest elevation State Capitol in the USA. The airport may need a connection through a major gateway like Albuquerque, which is about an hour away drive away to the south. But, the old city and the history around it, like Clarke mentioned are well worth exploring. It will be iffy on the weather, because Denver is 5,250' and we don't plant flowers or turn on the sprinkler systems until after Mother's Day. We will party whenever and wherever it works for the mostest. Pete is spot on that Padre Island won't work in the Spring. Great input and we will avoid a bad time.
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:27 AM   #25
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We have been stopping at Santa Fe for the last 7 years and alway stay at Santa Fe Skies. This accomadate big rigs and the family that run the park are first class. This is convenently located to all the surrounding points of interest. You can even ride your wild hogs to Madrid. This is my wife favorite place and any time we go west we have to go by Santa Fe.
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Old 09-25-2009, 08:08 AM   #26
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I've never been to any of the parks in Santa Fe, obviously, so I can only go by the reviews. The Trailer Ranch Rv Park has nothing but 4 and 5 star reviews. It is a 55+ adults only park right in town with free bus service to downtown and old town. Has anyone on the forum been to, or seen this park? I know Ron and Dave have good taste, so I'll have to go with their strong recommendation for Santa Fe Skies. Has anyone been through Santa Fe in April? The 7,000' feet does concern me, but I was hoping it would be better weather since it's much further south than Denver. At any rate, good to see some interest in a location.

***On second thought, a 55 and over park would not work for all of us....some of us are still "young", meaning under 55....LOL. I read a lot of reviews of the Santa Fe Skies Rv Park, and they are just as glowing as Ron and David were, so that's cool for me.
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Old 09-25-2009, 02:13 PM   #27
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If your thinking New Mexico, Ruidoso is another special place with facilities available. It's a great little town with a lot of Native American sites in the area, a horse race track, lots of art stuff, casino, ski hill, close to Sky Croft, etc.
Im not sure we can make it but will try. My first choce would be Tiger Run in Colorado.
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Old 09-25-2009, 03:36 PM   #28
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Hey, Wally....I think we're still going to Tiger Run, but not until the Fall of 2010 (September). This would be in addition to Tiger Run.
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:58 PM   #29
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Tiger Run would be one of my top choices also. I have been to a couple of rallies at Santa Fe Skies and it was nice but I have been there twice!

Ruidoso would also be a good spot; we have never been there!

Jackson Hole, WY would be beautiful, but the only RV park in town is the Virginian and it isn't very nice. Just gravel roads and sites and no community center. We stayed at Coultier Bay RV park but it is too far from Jackson (about 50 miles).

Lake Toxaway, NC is really nice on the east side of the Mississippi. There is an ORA Blue Ridge Mountains; but that may be a little far for the California group.

Traverse Bay RV Resort is really nice. It is on the Michigan pennisula in Traverse City, MI. This would also be a little far from the West coast. Newell Coach has had a rally here and as I understand it folks raved about the climate and the scenery.

Whatever you guys decide; we will try our best to be there!
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Old 09-25-2009, 10:57 PM   #30
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Based on the time of year we are trying to set this up for (Spring, 2010) we will need go somewhere in the south/southwestern part of the U.S. Distance for some is also an issue. I think New Mexico fits well for most as far as spreading the driving distance pain around. Whether it is Santa Fe, or Ruidoso (both look and sound wonderful) is fine with me as I've been to neither place before.

For a number of us unretired folks here distance and time frames still dominate our vacation decisions. In a couple of years it won't matter anymore for us. I would love to visit some the places Tuga talked about, but for now the distances are too great. I think it's the same for Tom and Darlene, Richard and Rhonda, and others that don't come to mind right now.

I'm down for Santa Fe, or Ruidoso in the Spring....do I hear any "dittos" out there? If we're going to set this up we'll need to start finalizing the RV Park arrangements....it's still far enough off that we shouldn't have a problem, but we'll be inside that 6 month window soon.
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